P&O Ventura: varied, imaginative and interesting spaces to suit your mood.

P&O’s Ventura is a good sized ship accommodating upto 3,100 passengers – making her one of the bigger ships in the P&O fleet. And you can tell that she’s big – but not due to a sense of vastness, rather because of the comprehensive mix of facilities and venues on board. It would be wrong to call her an intimate ship – but there are plenty of different locations on board which enable you to spend time enjoying different places and spaces in comfort rather than feeling you’re aboard a cavernous vessel.

For more details about P&O Ventura, where she’s sailing and current itineraries and offers visit our GoCruise website.

Ventura has a sister ship – the Azura – which is a little newer, but both date from around the same time, Ventura entered service in 2008. They mirror each other very much – but where the Ventura has the Red Bar, Azura has the Blue Bar. Where Ventura has Havanna, Azura has Manhattan, and so on.

On Ventura, a three storey Atrium spans the public areas at the bottom of the ship – where you’ll find the main (more formal) restaurants – such as Bay Tree, Saffron, Cinnamon, Sindhu, and bars –such as The Red Bar, The Glass House, Havana Show Lounge, and The Exchange as well as the Arena Theatre. There are enough places of different character for you to feel you’re having an evening out somewhere different every night if you choose.

Ventura has 6 decks of staterooms in the decks above (Riviera and A to E). The outside cabins are mainly with balconies – the superior balconies are on D deck with a little more space – and there are some Ocean View rooms on E deck – though many of these will have a mainly lifeboat view! On the bottom (P) deck are another selection of Ocean View Rooms. Inside cabins are spread throughout though mainly concentrated on Riviera, and Decks A-C.

The whole ship seems better appointed than we anticipated and the spaces are varied, imaginative, interestingly furnished and with more to see and do and enjoy that you may have expected. There’s a brightness and vibrancy in certain areas – such as The Beach House, and muted subtle tones in others – such as The Library and the Epicurean Restaurant.

At the top of the ship are 3 decks of sun, pool, and fitness focused public spaces, also the more informal restaurants and bars – The Beach House, the Waterside, as well as the Laguna & Breakers Bars. On Lido Deck you’ll find the main pools – the outside Laguna Pool with a couple of whirlpools too, and the covered Beachcomber Pool area. Each of these areas has a dedicated Bar so you won’t have to wander too far for your refreshments. On the deck below (Riviera) to the ships’ Aft you’ll find a quiet Terrace Pool, and on the deck above (Sun Deck) you’ll find entrance to the Oasis Spa with it’s separate adults only pool area – open to the sun, as well as treatment rooms, thermal suite and gym facilities.

If you can find your way up there in the right place, there’s the exclusive Epicurean on the top deck (Sports Deck) one of a number of restaurants which carries a dining surcharge, but has a mix of inside and outside space to enjoy it’s fare.

We were really impressed by the kids facilities too. Teens are well catered for in H2O – with games consoles, table football, DJ booth and hangout spaces – though not with all the extra big attractions Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise Lines might have. However, the spaces and facilities in place for children are excellent – with a mini plunge pool, and brilliant facilities for games, crafts, group activities and just hanging out in Splashers, Surfers, and Scubas in The Reef children’s area.

With the full mix of venues and facilities, Ventura is ideal for multi-generational holidays as grandparents, parents and children would all find something to occupy them individually as well as things to come together for – such as the Strictly Come Dancing shows which P&O host onboard, as well as other theatre entertainment and activities.

For more details about P&O Ventura, where she’s sailing and current itineraries and offers visit our GoCruise website.

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